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Autism & PDD Opposites App
Ages: 3-7   Grades: PreK-2

Buddy Bear contrasts opposite-pairs and teaches vocabulary and concepts in this app that continues the successful format of the Buddy Bear storybooks and software. 


  • Understand opposites
  • Build vocabulary
  • Develop language and literacy
  • Increase communication exchanges
Autism & PDD Opposites for iPad
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Speech-language pathologists and early childhood educators appreciate the specialized learning format for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays:

  • simple, predictable language
  • uncluttered illustrations
  • cheerful, reassuring audio
  • rewarding animation and sound effects
  • open-ended responses
  • flexible, story-based learning

Five stories teach opposite-pairs and develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language skills.  The stories match the content of the Autism & PDD Opposites Interactive Software and 5-Book Set.  The stories present these opposite pairs:  

  • Buddy Bear's Clothes—dirty/clean, same/different, old/new, and more
  • Buddy Bear's Animals—up/down, under/over, long/short, and more
  • Buddy Bear's Toys—fast/slow, loud/quiet, white/black, and more
  • Buddy Bear's Food—sweet/sour, hot/cold, empty/full, and more
  • Buddy Bear and Bonnie Bear—short/tall, front/back, top/bottom, and more

The free Autism & PDD Opposites App LITE version lets your student interact with one screen from each story.  The full version has 45 interactive screens packed with teaching opportunities for skill mastery. 

Once you start the app, tap on one of the stories.  Touch the back, forward, and repeat arrows for easy screen navigation.  Children choose the correct answer with an easy one-touch response.  Correct responses are reinforced with a friendly "Good job!"   A randomization feature can be turned on/off. 


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  • Children need to understand semantic connections among words (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Therapy aimed at fostering the development of age-appropriate communication skills and age/ability-appropriate language comprehension and language use will improve the child's level of functioning (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Speech-language pathologists should enhance access to literacy and academic instruction for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASHA, 2006).
  • Many children with autism spectrum disorders learn more readily through the visual modality (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) has a positive effect on the learning process of young children who learn better with pictures and sounds (Vernadakis, Avgerinos, Tsitskari, & Zachopoulou, 2005).

Autism & PDD Opposites App incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2006). Roles and Responsibilities of speech-language pathologists in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders across the life span [Position Statement]. Retrieved September 17, 2007, from

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.

Vernadakis, N., Avgerinos, A., Tsitskari, E., & Zachopoulou, E. (2005, October). The use of computer assisted instruction in preschool education: Making teaching meaningful. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(2), 99-104.


Beth W. Respess


This app is based on the Autism & PDD Opposites Interactive SoftwareAutism & PDD Opposites App allows students with limited language skills to work independently on naming opposites.  The animation and sound effects hold their interest while the simple, open-ended response structure encourages self-monitoring.  The spoken word along with the text helps develop reading skills.  Choosing the correct response among those given reinforces the skill of naming opposites.  You can introduce the app individually or in small groups.  Autism & PDD Opposites App is appropriate for students who are able to use a tablet, up to about age seven, depending on the interest level and ability of the child.

Minimum System Requirements

Apple iTunes Store

  • iPad only
  • English only
  • not compatible with iPod or iPhone

Android/Google Play

  • minimum 7" screen required
  • English only